In the next year he is very prolific including among others the original lithographs of The Scream, Madonna and Vampyr. The Norwegian public does not follow. Happy that The Scream was published by La Revue Blanche, Munch comes to try his luck in Paris where he arrives in February 1896.
Now working with Clot, Munch is perfecting his approach to color lithography. Angst (anxiety) is inspired by an oil on canvas of the same title painted in 1894 on the theme of the funeral procession.
All of them looking in the direction of the observer while ignoring each other, these bereaved characters have small hallucinated eyes. They turn their backs from the fjord. The tormented sky which occupies all the upper half of the image makes this work a counterpart to The Scream. The artist is not mistaken : describing much later the preparatory phase of his Frieze of Life, he puts forward these two works along with Madonna and Vampyr.
After a first state, Vollard chooses Angst among the nine images to be published in his ambitious album of color lithographs titled Les Peintres-Graveurs. This second and final state of Angst is printed in 1896 by Clot in 100 copies 41 x 39 cm on wove paper 57 x 43 cm. This lithograph is in two tones, a dismal black for the whole figurative part and a scary blood red for the sinuous lines that fill the sky.
The two top auction results for this image were recorded by Sotheby's : $ 900K including premium on May 1, 2008 and $ 830K including premium on October 27, 2016. A copy with full margins is estimated $ 600K for sale by Christie's in New York on April 18, lot 151.
SOLD for $ 830K including premium